WAL-MART EYES FURTHER INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION

BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- The biggest company in the world is taking an even bigger bite out of the global food-retailing business. Wal-Mart Stores here continued to take steps in the past year to strengthen its position as the world's largest food retailer, as ranked according to total company sales by www.planetretail.net, London (see Page 16), while several of its rivals also made moves to shore up

BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- The biggest company in the world is taking an even bigger bite out of the global food-retailing business. Wal-Mart Stores here continued to take steps in the past year to strengthen its position as the world's largest food retailer, as ranked according to total company sales by www.planetretail.net, London (see Page 16), while several of its rivals also made moves to shore up their positions in the global ranking.

During its most recent fiscal year, the Wal-Mart I

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